A Thousand Pieces of You (Claudia Gray)

Let us all first admit that despite all our efforts to not judge a book by its cover, we all do, all the time… and this book is gorgeous! That cover is pretty enough to be an art piece. Front covers are not enough, though, we also judge a book by its back cover, aka the blurb, and A Thousand Pieces of You sounds perfect. This is why, considering that it might be some time until the printed book becomes readily available here, I decided to get an e-copy and started reading.

I must say it was a great decision. This book is sci-fi, thriller, and romance all twisted together. It was fast paced and so very intense, I found myself having to take a short break from reading after each chapter because it was just too much. I read all of it in about seven or so hours, short breaks included.

I went through some of the GoodReads review, and I can totally understand some people’s frustration. Here we have this complicated, mysterious, dangerous plot, and what the main character (also, the narrator) finds to be most pressing is how she feels about Paul. Or Theo. Or is it the other Paul?Umm. Yeah. More important matters ahead, Marguerite! I didn’t find it as irritating while reading though. In fact, her moments with Paul were probably my favorite scenes. And I was going through a period of utter disgust over romance so that is really saying something.

I admire Claudia Gray for her ridiculously brilliant imagination. The characters in this book go through five different worlds, all brilliantly described and connected. I was genuinely surprised with where Marguerite turns up in (especially the second one) and found myself looking forward to each world. And the plot twist(s)! THE PLOT TWIST(S)!! Brilliant! The whole science stuff were pretty sound as well. There is only one question I have though (this might be slightly spoiler-ish): if the Firebirds were set to follow Paul, then how did Marguerite and her father manage to go home? Hmm… okay, there’s probably a home mechanism on the device. But wasn’t the other Firebird programmed to Theo? Oh well, anyway, that’s the only reservation I have about the whole science part. Otherwise I thought it flowed quite well.

I’m a bit bummed that this book is a series though, because I have a feeling it might turn Divergent-ey with the second and third book being more action less brilliance as far as I know… (Still haven’t gotten round reading Allegiant. Meh.) The worse part though, is having to wait for the next book to come out. WHY? Why couldn’t this book just be a stand-alone? Oh right, because the evil guy is still out there and there’s a war coming up (see what I meant when I said more action?)

Review: We Were Liars (E. Lockhart)

This book was June’s hottest item. I remember seeing it being praised on every other blog I visited. I wanted to read it so bad that I went looking for a copy at three different bookstores. I finally got a copy a week or so later. I devoured it in a few hours. The way this book is written, with its short, poetic sentences, definitely lends to quick reading. I know some people hated it but I actually quite enjoyed the writing style.

Having seen this book reviewed pretty much everywhere, I knew there was a twist coming, and I have to say I pretty much figured it out halfway through the book. I thought it was pretty obvious, but it’s most likely because I knew to look out for it — and I know enough psychology to know what sorts of terrible things could happen to you following a terrible thing that happened. That being said, the actual terrible thing that happened wasn’t quite what I thought happened. There was no way I could’ve imagined that was what happened, so that was still a surprise. Sort of.

Other than that I really don’t have much to say about this book. It’s a quick, enjoyable, fulfilling read — unless you get annoyed by (a) the writing style or (b) the narrator’s personality, because she is kind of annoying… except I felt terribly sad for her and so I tolerated her annoying-ness. Which is probably what everyone else in her family thought of, which is probably why she ended up being so annoying in the first place. Hmm. Anyway.

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[ID] Book Review: Kreatif Sampai Mati — Wahyu Aditya

Yup, saya lagi-lagi membaca buku inspirasi kreatif (lihat review sebelumnya). Mungkin karena tengah berminat lebih mendalami dunia kreatif tersebut, atau karena merasa mengalami stagnasi, kurang mengerjakan hal-hal yang kreatif?? (numpang curhat…)

Yang jelas, bukunya Wahyu Aditya alias Waditya ini seru banget untuk dibaca, dan yang jelas sangat menginspirasi. Kalau dipikir-pikir sih sebetulnya buku ini bisa dibilang ngga sistematis dan berantakan, baik dari segi isi maupun cara penyampaian. Tapi, justru itulah yang membuat buku ini jadi menarik.

Namanya juga buku tentang kreatifitas, penyampaian materinya kreatif, kadang-kadang cerita pengalaman, kadang melalui foto, komik, quotes dari tokoh-tokoh terkenal, dll. dilengkapi dengan ilustrasi-ilustrasi karya Wadit yang seru-seru dan keren. Kalau bukunya Yoris kemarin bikin saya kepengen punya Samsung Galaxy Note, bukunya Wadit bikin saya pengen banget bisa menggambar!! Hehehe. Selain kepengen beli kaos KDRI tentunya.